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Executioneer Wasp — Is It REALLY The Most Painful?

Executioneer Wasp — Is It REALLY The Most Painful?

I was watching the video where Coyote Peterson was stung by the executioner wasp, he claims that the executioner wasp has the most painful sting he’s ever taken — MUCH more painful than the tarantula hawk according to him (he’s been stung by both). But when I try to search more on the executioner wasp before his video release, I cannot find anything regarding it’s sting? I also do not see them on ANY sting pain index charts. Could he be lying for views since there is not enough information on these wasps, or is the executioner wasp really painful as he describes? I ask this because his reaction to being stung definitely looks forced, and I noticed that the wasp didn’t even sting him deeply.

He was also exposed not too long ago about faking a scene where he catches a turtle for one of his videos (you can search that up).

well, he was stung by the executioner wasp a really long time ago, at the beginning of the year. that means he got stung by the japanese giant hornet after the executioner wasp. now, in the executioner wasp video, he doesn’t mention the japanese giant hornet even though in the giant hornet video, he says it’s definitely worse than the tarantula hawk and on par with bullet ant. if that’s the case, why wouldn’t he mention it in the executioner wasp video? because it didn’t happen yet. in the japanese giant hornet video (the previous sting video before executioner wasp), he’s talking to the camera about if the executioner wasp will have a more painful sting, even though he already got stung by it so he knew. what i don’t know is the japanese giant hornet or the executioner wasp more painful. in the executioner wasp video, he said he’s done getting stung, but he got stung by the japanese giant hornet after. Really confusing and i bet he’s wondering what to do, because other people in the comments realized it too. i wonder how this will play out

Exactly. He got stung by the Giant Japanese Hornet and rated it way higher than anything he had ever experienced, even higher by a good amount than the Bullet Ant. But then he gets stung by the Executioner Wasp and claims that it is worse than the Bullet Ant by a good amount aswell. What’s suspicious here is that he doesn’t even take the Giant Japanese Hornet into consideration. May he be lying and faking it for attention and views? Btw: Can you link me the videos of proving him faking them?


Overview of the Tarantula Hawk Wasp

The Tarantula Hawk Wasp is a common desert wasp of the Southwest, but it can be found anywhere the tarantula is found. As its name suggests, this wasp preys on tarantulas, in much the same way a hawk preys on rodents. Although the sting of this wasp is said to be the most painful of any insect found in North America, it is not aggressive and rarely stings. It is, in fact, much more dangerous to tarantulas—paralyzing them in order to feed them to their young—than to humans.

Appearance and Behavior

At up to 2 1/2 inches in length, it is one of the largest wasps. It is metallic blue-black in color with blue-black or yellow-orange wings edged in black; it has black antennae and long, velvety black legs with hooked claws.

The tarantula hawk flies low along the ground in search of spiders. It is most active during summer days but does not like extreme heat.

Adults feed on flower nectar, pollen, and the juice of berries and other fruits, but the larvae feed on tarantulas provided to them by their mother. To capture its prey, the female searches the ground for tarantulas. If the spider is found in its burrow, she will stroke its web, making the tarantula think it has captured prey. When the tarantula appears to claim its food, the wasp stings it. The female tarantula hawk then drags the paralyzed tarantula to her burrow, lays an egg on its body, then covers the burrow. When the egg hatches, the emerging larva feeds on the tarantula, eating it in about a month.

The Wasp’s Sting

Only female Tarantula Hawk Wasps can sting, but its stinger is formidable: as long as 1/3 inch long. Males are harmless. The tarantula hawk rarely stings unless it is handled or disturbed. Because they tend to fly low and hunt along the ground for spiders, a person moving barefoot across a lawn without looking down could get stung by stepping on the wasp.

Pest Control

Tarantula Hawks tend to live alone, rather than in colonies. Many do not build nests at all, but instead, burrow into the soil or use natural cavities or the burrows of other insects or animals.

These wasps are not aggressive or prone to stinging. Many pest experts recommend that people simply leave them alone and take preventive and exclusionary measures to keep the wasps from purposely or accidentally getting into your home or stinging someone. These measures include:

  • Sealing all cracks, crevices, and gaps in the structure, especially in the foundation.
  • Ensuring doors and windows are well-fitted and screens are in good repair.
  • Keeping doors and windows shut.
  • When eating or drinking outside, checking food and beverage containers before touching to ensure no wasps have been attracted to them or have landed on the food.
  • When a wasp is encountered, do not make sudden rapid movements, but softly, quietly leave the area until it is gone.

If you do see a wasp around your home, it is important to correctly identify it before taking steps for control. It is vital not to disturb wasps and best to leave them alone. Because social wasps do build nests and form colonies, it is more critical to ensure their removal by a professional, who will have the self-protection equipment—as well as the chemicals and tools—to properly and safely rid your home of the problem.


The most painful wasp sting in the world explained

Armed with one of the most painful stings on the planet, tarantula hawks are a spider’s worst nightmare.

A fear of insects is common among humans, but for some spiders, stings really can be a matter of life or death. One wasp in particular makes even the biggest, hairiest spider run away in terror: the tarantula hawk.

Dr Gavin Broad, wasp expert at the Museum, uncovers the eccentricities of this small but sinister creature.

Bird or spider?

Despite their name, tarantula hawks (Pepsis genus) are actually a species of spider wasp.

The largest species of tarantula hawk, Pepsis heros,В will be going on display at the Museum in summer 2017

Reaching up to 11 centimetres in length, these insects lead solitary lives and their 133 known species are found across South and Central America and in the southern United States.

They are named after their habit of hunting tarantulas, which are often considerably larger than themselves — but these wasps do so with little risk to their own lives.

‘The wasps always win. I don’t think anyone has ever seen a tarantula kill the wasp,’ says Gavin.

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‘The spiders will usually try to flee or avoid them at all costs.’

Frozen dinners

Adult tarantula hawks get their nutrition from nectar, but only the females will battle spiders to provide food for their offspring.

They pierce the tarantula with a sharp, curved sting, rapidly injecting venom that permanently paralyses but keeps its hairy adversary alive.

A female tarantula hawk’s sting can be up to seven millimetres longВ В© Rankin1958 Via Wikimedia Commons

The incapacitated spider is either held captive in its own burrow or dragged to the wasp’s nest. The female then lays a single egg on the spider’s body.

The purpose of this act: a pre-prepared dinner.

When the egg hatches, the larva burrows its way inside the spider’s abdomen and begins feasting on the still-living tarantula.

It begins by feeding on haemolymph — the spider equivalent of blood — before gorging itself on the tissue.

Eventually the offspring emerges from the spider as an adult tarantula hawk.

Gavin explains, ‘The spider has got no chance. Even if you took the larva away, it wouldn’t recover.’

‘It would remain in a state of suspended animation for quite a while, until eventually its respiration would stop.’

Once it has stung, the wasp drags the paralysed tarantula back to its nest to be a host for its larvaВ В© Alan Schmierer Via Wikimedia Commons

If stung, just scream

For humans and other vertebrates, the tarantula hawk has one of the most painful stings on the planet.

American entomologist Justin Schmidt created the sting pain index, with the help of variably willing or unwitting test subjects. He once described the tarantula hawk’s sting as ‘instantaneous, electrifying and totally debilitating’.

The tarantula hawk has been awarded second place on the Schmidt sting pain index, beaten only by the South American bullet ant (Paraponera clavata).

The pain from a bullet ant sting lasts up to 24 hours, whereas that of a wasp usually only aggravates the unlucky victim for five minutes.

Schmidt has also in the past suggested that when stung, the only response is to ‘lay down and scream’.

The bullet ant is the only insect with a more painful sting than the tarantula hawk © Graham Wise Via Wikimedia Commons

‘In Schmidt’s ranking of one to four, he tries to be objective, so each category is quite broad,’ says Gavin. ‘Number two is broadly comparable to a honey bee.’

The tarantula hawk earned a top score of four, making its sting almost unbearably painful.

Champion defender

Tarantula hawks are fairly docile unless provoked, although the threat of debilitating pain appears to have left this insect mostly unchallenged, with no known predators.

Some species have wings in an intense shade of bright orange, a typical danger sign to would-be predators.

Stinging is the wasp’s main defence. The insect’s hard, smooth exoskeleton and legs covered in sharp spines act as defensive armour, protecting the wasp long enough to inject its venom.

While spiders are left paralysed by the venom, for vertebrates (such as humans) it causes extreme pain. It is a distraction big enough to give the wasp a chance to get away to safety.

Adult tarantula hawks are pollen feeders. Only their offspring are carnivores.В В© Davehood Via Wikimedia Commons

Witness the swarm

Visitors to the Museum can see the largest species of tarantula hawk, Pepsis heros, from southeastern Peru in the recently redeveloped Hintze Hall. The specimen is part of a display of swarming insects.


Tarantula Hawk Wasps

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Tarantula Hawk Wasps:

Are Their Stings Dangerous to Humans?

Don’t worry—it’s not a spider. However, the tarantula hawk has a reputation of its own that rivals the “creepiness” factor of any arachnid. This critter is ranked as providing one of the most painful stings to humans.

Tarantula Hawk Wasp (Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

While these bugs don’t like to sting humans—they are parasitic to tarantulas, not people—it can be quite painful to come into contact with them.

What Are Tarantula Hawk Wasps?

Despite the confusing name, they are not spiders but are actually wasps. They are parasitoid wasps, meaning they use their sting to paralyze their prey and then use it as living food.

Most of their colors are blue and black. These wasps also have bright, rust-colored wings. Their bright coloration indicates their ability to deliver a powerful sting.

Where Do They Live?

Luckily, your likelihood of encountering a tarantula hawk is rare. These insects live in warm areas, such as India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, and the southern United States.

They have been observed as far north as Utah and as far south in South America, with the broadest and largest range of species dwelling in South America.

These wasps are most active during the daytime summer months. However, they like to avoid high temperatures and will shrink back to their dens in times of intense heat.

“Tarantula Hawk Wasps have been observed as far north as Utah and as far south in South America,

with the broadest and largest range of species dwelling in South America.”

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What Do They Do?

Tarantula hawks attack tarantulas with a painful sting, paralyzing them and dragging them into a den before laying inside them an egg. When the egg hatches, the larvae then feed on the paralyzed spider.

Only female tarantula hawks hunt. Male tarantula hawks instead eat the flowers of plants such as milkweed and mesquite trees.

A Tarantula Hawk and its prey by Marc Shandro

Is Their Sting Dangerous to Humans?

In most cases, tarantula hawks won’t sting unless you bother them first. They’re similar to wasps in that they are incredibly bold, but it would take stepping on one or picking one up for you to receive a sting.

If you do get stung, you’ve had some bad luck, as the sting of the tarantula hawk wasp is rumored to be one of the most intense, painful stings of all insects. Because their stingers are so large, very few animals eat them, and as a result, they have few natural predators.

Luckily, the sting is not dangerous, unless you are unfortunate enough to develop an allergic reaction. The area where you are stung may remain red for up to a week, but the pain from most stings subsides within just a few minutes.

To treat the sting, make sure you wash the site with antibacterial soap and warm water. This will reduce the likelihood of an infection. You can apply a cold compress, ice, or topical cortisone or antihistamine to relieve the pain, itch, and swelling.

“The sting of tarantula hawk wasps are believed to be one of the most intense, painful stings of all insects.”

How to Get Rid of Tarantula Hawk Wasp Infestations?

It is rare for tarantula hawks to attack humans, but if you have a large population on your property, it’s a good idea to try to get rid of it to avoid any accidents.

Using insecticide dust near the nest on the ground can help remove these pests, as can spraying hanging nests. You can create traps without chemicals as well, which is especially helpful if you are worried about polluting your home. Traps can be constructed out of sweet sodas such as cola and dish soap, which will attract and then poison the wasps.

If you detect an infestation, it’s important that you deal with it expediently. The females can live up to forty years, and their populations can be incredibly tenacious.

If you’re having trouble getting rid of a tarantula hawk nest on your own, consider contacting a licensed Long Island exterminator to take care of this issue for you.


How Wasps Work

Wasp Venom

A wasp’s sting isn’t the sort of thing most people take for granted, but the same can’t be said for the chemical makeup of the venom. After all, why does a wasp sting hurt so much?

Wasp venom is far more than just stuff that hurts; it’s a multi-step micro-assault with a twofold aim:

  • As an offensive weapon, the goal is to paralyze insects for easier transport back to the nest.
  • As a defensive weapon, the venom delivers enough pain to convince larger animals to leave well enough alone.

To get to the bottom of wasp venom, it’s important to understand exactly what pain is: localized physical suffering associated with physical injury or disease. Basically, it’s the nerves telling the brain, «Hey, your arm is damaged,» or «Move, your leg is on fire.» The intended result is that the creature experiencing the pain will fight or flee, whichever best removes the threat of more physical damage. For more information, read How Pain Works.

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With wasp venom, the pain, which can be very intense, is an exaggeration of the actual physical damage, which is minimal. The sting enables the wasp to convince larger threats that it’s capable of dishing out far more physical damage than one would expect from a creature so small. The message, often driven home with bright body coloration, is «leave us alone.»

Wasp venom achieves this effect by waging a staged attack against the nervous system on a cellular level.

  1. The stinger delivers the venom to the victim’s blood stream.
  2. Peptides and enzymes in the venom break down cell membranes, spilling cellular contents into the blood stream. When the cells in question are neurons, which serve the central nervous system, this breach causes the injured cell to send signals back to the brain. We experience these signals in the form of pain.
  3. To make sure the pain keeps coming, other substances in the venom, such as norepinephrine, stop the flow of blood. This is why the pain of a wasp sting can last for several minutes, until the blood stream can carry the diluted venom away.
  4. Finally, hyaluronidase and MCDP (mast cell degranulating peptide) pave the way for the membrane-destroying elements in the venom to move onto other cells by melting through the connective tissue between them. This spreading factor leads to the swelling and redness associated with most insect stings.

This sting accomplishes the goal of persuading most large animals not to try to kill or eat the wasp. Think of pain as a security system, only for your body. A wasp sting might not actually burn the house down, but it sure can set off all the alarms and sprinkler systems.

But there’s much worse in store for the smaller victims of wasp stings — the gory details of which we’ll explore in the next section.


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Bee stings

Insect bites and stings

It can be difficult to know if a bite or a sting from an insect is dangerous or not. This article explains the best first aid treatment depending on the type of insect involved.

It’s important to be aware that bites or stings from insects can cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in some people.

Learn more about first aid treatment for severe allergic reactions in the ‘anaphylaxis’ section below.

Stingers infographic

Learn more about the most common stinging insects and how to prevent being stung.

Insect stings

If you are stung, the insect will puncture the skin and leave behind saliva, faeces (poo) or venom.

It’s also quite common that the insect will leave behind its ‘sting’ with or without venom.

Common symptoms of a sting include:

  • an intense burning feeling
  • redness around the sting site
  • pain which generally eases after an hour or so
  • swelling around the sting
  • in cases of allergic reaction, swelling may be more severe and affect a larger part of the body, for example the whole leg or arm may become swollen
  • allergic reactions may cause further swelling, pain and in some cases blisters will form

The skin around the area you were stung is likely to be red and painful, and you may experience some swelling around the sting mark. Stings generally clear up within two days (48 hours) although the area may be tender for a few days after this.

Biters infographic

Learn more about the most common biting insects and how to prevent being bitten.

Insect bites

An insect bite will leave a puncture wound in the skin. The type of insect that you are bitten by can determine what type of reaction you will have.

Insect bites will usually clear up in a day or two without any further treatment.

Common symptoms of a bite include:

  • skin irritation
  • inflammation or swelling
  • a bump or blister around the bite mark

Check your symptoms with healthdirect’s Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

Bee stings, wasp stings and ant stings

Bee and wasp stings and Australian Jack Jumper ant bites are the most common triggers of anaphylaxis caused by insect stings.

Wasps are generally more aggressive than bees and are attracted to food and sugary drinks. Check open food and drink containers when you are outdoors before you eat or drink from them.

Take these steps if you are stung by a bee:

  • do not use tweezers to remove the sting; bees leave behind a sac of venom, and if you try to use tweezers you will release more venom from the sac
  • if the stinger is still in the skin, gently try to remove it by scraping it carefully from the side with the edge of a firm object, such as a finger nail or credit card – flicking the sting out as soon as possible to reduce the amount of venom injected
  • when you have removed the sting, wash the affected area with soap and water and dry the area gently

Wasps and bull ants rarely leave their sting in the skin. Use a cold pack and soothing cream to relieve a minor reaction, and take a oral antihistamines to treat the itch.

If the pain is persistent and continues, see your doctor. You may need cortisone tablets to settle the swelling.


Allergic reactions to ticks range from mild (with large local swelling and inflammation at the site of a tick bite) to severe (anaphylaxis).

To prevent allergic reactions to ticks do NOT forcibly remove the tick. Disturbing the tick may cause the tick to inject more allergen-containing saliva. The options are to:

  • leave the tick in place and seek medical assistance; or
  • freeze tick (using a product that rapidly freezes and kills the tick) and allow to drop off

Ticks can attach to your skin when you’re out and about in the bush.

To protect yourself from ticks, wear light coloured clothing, tuck your trousers into your socks and spray an insect repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin onto your skin, shoes and socks.

After returning from a tick area, thoroughly check the whole body of all members of the party (especially children) for ticks. Pay particular attention to the back of the head and neck, groin, armpits and back of the knees. You can have more than one tick.

If you are not allergic to ticks, kill it first with an ether-containing spray such as Wart-Off Freeze® or Elastoplast Cold Spray® and then remove it as soon as possible.

If you are allergic to ticks, do NOT forcibly remove the tick. Kill it first with an ether-containing spray such as those mentioned above and then have it removed by a doctor or go to the Emergency Department.


  • grasp the tick by the body,
  • apply methylated spirits or fingernail polish, or
  • use a lighted match, or cigarette

Once the tick is out, apply antiseptic cream to the bite site. Tick bites can remain slightly itchy for several weeks.

If the tick isn’t fully removed, you should look out for signs of infection – redness, pain around the wound site, pus or clear liquid coming from the wound, and a high temperature over 38°C.

See your doctor if you develop a reaction around the bite site, or if you feel generally unwell or experience muscle weakness or paralysis after a tick bite.

Learn more about tick bites.

Mosquito bites

Mosquitoes cause itchy bites but severe allergic reactions are rare.

Some types of mosquitoes can spread serious diseases.

See your doctor if you develop a rash, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, joint and muscle pains (swelling or stiffness), fatigue, depression and generally feel unwell.

Most mosquito bites can be managed by washing the area with soap and water and applying an antiseptic. Cold packs may help with local pain and swelling.

To lessen your chance of being bitten by mosquitoes (and midges), cover up as much skin as possible and stay inside in the early morning or at dusk. Use an insect repellent when you are out and about and there are mosquitoes around.

Information on avoiding mosquito bites can be found on the Queensland Health website.

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Scorpion and centipede stings

Take these steps if stung by a scorpion or a centipede:

  • apply an ice pack to the sting or bite site
  • clean the wound with antiseptic or wash with soap and water to help prevent secondary infection
  • use a painkiller

Caterpillar stings to the skin

Take these steps if stung by a caterpillar:

  • remove visible caterpillar hairs with tweezers
  • apply and remove adhesive tape to the area to remove the finer caterpillar hairs
  • do not scratch or rub the area, this may cause the hairs to penetrate deeper into the skin


Itching is a common irritation of the skin that makes a person want to scratch the itchy area. It can occur anywhere on the body, and can be very frustrating and uncomfortable. Itching may occur on a small part of the body, for example around the area of an insect bite, or it can affect the whole body, such as with an allergic reaction.

Sometimes spots or rashes may be present around the area that is itchy, or they may cause the itchiness itself.

It is quite common to find that after you’ve scratched an itch, that the itch becomes more persistent (itchier) and you get into a cycle of itching and scratching. This can be painful and can sometimes lead to an infection if the skin is broken. If itching persists for more than 48 hours, see your doctor.

To relieve itching, take the following steps:

  • try not to scratch the area — keep your nails short to prevent breaking the skin if you do scratch
  • a cool bath or shower may help to soothe the itching — gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel, but do not rub or use the towel to scratch yourself
  • avoid perfumed skin care products
  • try to wear loose cotton clothing, which can help prevent you overheating and making the itch worse — avoid fabrics which irritate your skin, like wool or scratchy fabrics
  • an ice pack may relieve the itching but should not be placed directly against the skin — you can make an ice pack by using a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a clean cloth
  • there are medicines available to ease the symptoms of itching — speak to a pharmacist for further advice and to make sure any medicines you take are suitable for you
  • if you are in pain, get advice on medicines from a pharmacist or doctor


Occasionally some people have a severe allergic reaction to being bitten or stung by an insect.

In cases of severe allergic reaction, the whole body can react within minutes to the bite or sting which can lead to anaphylactis. Anaphylaxis is very serious and can be fatal.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • difficult or noisy breathing
  • difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • a swollen tongue
  • persistent dizziness or collapse
  • swelling or tightness in the throat
  • pale and floppy (young children)
  • wheeze or persistent cough
  • abdominal pain or vomiting

Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. If the person has a ‘personal action plan’ to manage a known severe allergy, they may need assistance to follow their plan. This may include administering adrenaline to the person via an adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector (such as EpiPen) if one is available.

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy recommends that for a severe allergic reaction, adrenaline is the initial treatment. For further information, visit the Choosing Wisely Australia website.

The St John Ambulance Australia first aid fact sheet for bites and stings can be found on their website. For more information on anaphylaxis, including setting up a personal action plan, go to www.allergy.org.au.

People with diagnosed allergies should avoid all triggers and confirmed allergens and have a readily accessible anaphylaxis action plan and medical alert device. It’s wise to ensure your family, friends and employer or work colleagues know how to follow your anaphylaxis action plan too in case you need help.

Should I do a first aid course?

Knowing what to do in an emergency can save a life, so it’s a very good idea to do a first aid course.

You can book a first aid course through St John Ambulance Australia’s website or call them at 1300 360 455. You will need to pay a fee to do a course.

How to prevent bites and stings

To help prevent bites and stings, it’s a good idea to wear protective clothing such as closed shoes, socks, long pants and a long sleeved shirt when walking through the bush.

Wear protective gloves and clothing when gardening. Bites and stings can happen when you have bare feet so wear shoes when you are outside, even around your home.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your insect bite or sting, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

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